LOUIS W. HERBEL. A resident of Erie County from the time of his birth to the present, Mr. Herbal is a scion
of one of the sterling German families that was here founded more than sixty years ago, and like his father he
has stood exponent of productive industry, steadfast integrity and loyal citizenship. Since March, 1913, he has
held the responsible and exacting office of superintendent of the Erie County infirmary. and his administration
has been marked by circumspection, excellent executive policies, careful attention to all details conserving economy,
and kindly consideration for the unfortunate wards entrusted to him a and to his devoted wife, who is the matron
of the institution, both being held in high esteem by all who know them.
Mr. Herbel was born in the City of Sandusky, this county, on the 10th of May, 1855, and is a son of John and Catherine
(Weier) Herbel, both of whom were born and reared in the Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany, a district that has contributed
an appreciable quota to the population of this favored section of the Buckeye State. John Herbal continued his
residence in the German fatherland until 1852, when he immigrated with his wife and their children to the United
States, the long and weary voyage having been made on a sailing vessel of the type common to that day. They landed
in the port of New York City and soon afterward made their way to Ohio. For a short time they resided in Sandusky,
which city was then a. mere village, and then the father established the family home in Milan Village, in which
place he resided ten years and was employed as head sawyer in the Samuel Merry saw mills. On September 4, 1864,
he was enlisted as a private in Company E of the 179th Ohio Infantry and served ten months, and at the expiration
of that time received an honorable discharge on June 27, 1865. He then became the owner of a farm in Oxford Township,
and on this homestead both he and his wife passed the remainder of their lives, he having passed away on the 1st
of May, 1890, and his devoted companion having followed him to eternal rest twenty two years later.
Louis W. Herbal acquired his early education in the schools of Oxford Township and has not failed in later years
to profit fully from the lessons under the direction of the wise head master, experience. He became one of the
progressive and successful farmers of Oxford Township, where he continued his operations for a term of many years.
He then removed to the City of Sandusky, which has represented his home during thee intervening years, and in hint
the people of the county have found a most able and popular incumbent of the position of superintendent of the
county infirmary, which is situated in the immediate vicinity of the city. In politics Mr. Herber accords unswerving
allegiance to the democratic party and he has been active as a worker in its local ranks.
On the 11th of January, 1882, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Herbel to Miss Louisa H. Keller, a daughter of
the late Joseph Keller. of Milan Township, and the one child of this union is Fred J., who still resides in Sandusky.
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company
Chicago and New York 1916
Erie County, Ohio
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